Monday, September 10, 2012

Wanda's Picks Special Broadcast featuring Joanna Haigood Zaccho Dance Theatre

It is sometimes referred to as the “San Francisco Exodus of 1858” a little-known part of the City’s history in which hundreds of African Americans fled discrimination and the threat of slavery for the safety of a Canadian exile. Choreographer Joanna Haigood and her Zaccho Dance Theatre ( are marking the iconic event with free public performances of her powerful work Sailing Away.

Performances will be given in three continuous cycles, September 13, 14, 15, and 16 at 12noon, 1:30pm and 3pm daily starting at Market Street and Powell. Tuesday, School Assembly with performance at Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third Street, San Francisco, Tuesday, September 11, 10:30 a.m. The artists from Sailing Away will perform excerpts, joined by a lively discussion, and a performance from Dr. Susheel Bibbs’ one woman performance portraying 19th Century civil rights activist, Mary Ellen Pleasant.

There is a panel discussion at
California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street (at 3rd Street), san Francisco. Thursday, September 13 at 5 p.m; post event reception, 6 p.m. Music: Meklit Hadero's A Day Like This: "Walk Up" and "Call."

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